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Five ways Michael Steele could come back

The deck-clearing at the Republican National Committee on Monday -- the forced resignation of top aide Ken McKay followed by the departure of media consultant Curt Anderson from an advisory position -- means that with less than seven months left before the midterm elections the organization is, in essence, starting all over again (again).

While Steele -- and the RNC -- are at a low nadir at the moment, there are a series of ways that he (and they) could engineer a political comeback over the next seven months.

Here's a look at how such a comeback could happen:

1. Just win, baby: Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, has it right. Winning papers over lots and lots of problems. In fact, Republican victories in governors races in New Jersey and Virginia in 2009 as well as the Massachusetts Senate special election win by Scott Brown earlier this year might be why the internal strife affecting the committee didn't go public until yesterday. Steele has two high-profile chances to right the ship next month with special elections in Pennsylvania's 12th district and Hawaii's 1st district. Both races are winnable for Republicans -- Pennsylvania due to the conservative-minded electorate, Hawaii thanks to the fact that two well-known Democrats could split the vote -- and pulling out victories in one (or both) would give Steele a boost within Republican circles. While the professional political class is by no means favorably inclined toward Steele, they are -- by and large -- pragmatists and know that the 2010 midterms should be a very good year for the party. If Steele can prove he won't hinder (and might help) the march back to majority status, operatives might well leave him alone.

2. Show me the money!: When Steele was first elected as chairman, the biggest concern about him was not his high media profile -- that was, at the time, seen as a strength -- but rather whether he could raise the sums of money needed to run the committee effectively. Steele has actually done better than expected in that regard -- the RNC has outraised the Democratic National Committee $109 million to $101 million so far this cycle -- thanks in large part to Steel's strength among low-dollar donors. As NBC's "First Read" pointed out, the passage of President Obama's health care bill earlier this month should be a major cash cow for the RNC among low dollar givers -- making March a big month for the RNC and pushing back on the idea that the committee is collapsing.

3. Turn off the gaffe machine: It may seem obvious but Steele's worst enemy to date has been Steele. When he was first elected as chairman there was a real opportunity for him to seize the space as the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Instead, Steele committed a series of verbal gaffes that created an image of him as a liability for the party -- and, rather than take the criticism to heart and try to adjust, Steele seemed to double down on his rhetorical excesses. Sources friendly to the committee insist that Steele has finally gotten the message -- thanks to communications director Doug Heye among others -- and is now more disciplined and on message. (One counterweight to that argument: Steele's assertion yesterday that he was held to a higher standard because of his race, a comment that created a mini-firestorm that was eventually overtaken by the resignations that hit the committee.)

4. Expand the advisers: One long-running criticism of the Steele-run RNC was that a small cadre of consultants -- led by Anderson -- had a stranglehold on the committee. That left lots and lots of disgruntled operatives on the outside looking in and more than willing to armchair quarterback what Steele and the RNC should be doing. Adding more consultants is not always a good thing -- too many cooks in the kitchen and all that -- but what Steele and the RNC needs right now are allies, and the best way to win some friends quickly is to vastly broaden the circle of people the chairman listens to on a daily basis. Doing so would also help push back against the emerging criticism of the new look RNC -- that it is entirely controlled by Steele loyalists who struggle to tell him "no".

5. A series of sitdowns: Steele is hamstrung by the idea that he has adopted a bunker mentality -- a sort of "me against the world" attitude that has led him to be increasingly confrontational with members of his own party (not to mention the media). To solve that problem, Steele could embark on a series of public sitdowns with some of his most vocal critics -- Family Research Council's Tony Perkins might be a good start -- and make clear that they share a common goal: winning back majorities in the fall. The more Steele can promote the idea that he is a team player -- out for the good of the GOP not for his own self-aggrandizement -- the better his chances of retaining some level of influence within the party through the fall campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
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Last week, Steele met with immigration activists who thought that Steele promised to support immigration reform. After the meeting,Steele's spokesperson denied any such commitment.
The bottom line is that the Latinos will not vote for politicians who want to smoke out their ethnic brethren like rats with enforcement only policies.

On the other hand, Obama's failure and lack of leadership on immigration reform will be costly and many Latinos will stay home in November.

Posted by: mehuwss | April 7, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Celizza, there is no way Steele can "come back" to respectability. He has shot his big chance at the big time by deciding to enrich himself by writing a book and making speeches for personal profit -- although the RNC is patying hime $232,000 a year. Steele simply does not know "big wood from kindlin" about running an organization. The best way to look at Steele is as the door closes on his backside. Someone call Ken Blackwell from Ohio, an African- American with political savvy and see if he will take the job.

Posted by: RonKH | April 7, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

The posts on this column tells me that some of you need gainful employment -- and some basic instruction in the English language.

Get a life.

Posted by: RonKH | April 7, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

I still, when I see Michael Steele, don' see a black man so much as I see the fly-in-my-soup guy from Sesame Street

http://www.savevid.com/video/sesame-street-grover-and-a-fly-in-my-soup.html

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

So, does questioning why gay men would be Republicans make me anti-gay?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 7:57 PM
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Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!

Another constituency that doesn't exist.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

So, does questioning why gay men would be Republicans make me anti-gay?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

12barblues

Look at the topic of this section.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 7:04 PM
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& your point is?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

12barblues

Look at the topic of this section.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

What do you HATE BLACK REPUBLICANS SO MUCH ???
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Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There aren't any.

Donchaknow.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Why do you continue with all this racism ???

What do you HATE BLACK REPUBLICANS SO MUCH ???

Your attitude is that blacks should NOT be allowed to have their own political opinions, the COLOR OF THEIR SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR OPINIONS, AND THEY SHOULD AGREE WITH US.


That is racist.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to politics, Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts Jr. and his father, retired Baptist preacher, J.C. "Buddy" Watts Sr., agree to disagree.

"A Black man voting for the Republicans makes about as much sense as a chicken voting for Col. Sanders," Watts Sr. told the Los Angeles Times. "I couldn't be no Republican because the Republican Party is against the poor man."

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele gives the appearance that he's staying in his post for as long as this ride will take him. Spend lavishly, live large, say what you want, and still keep your job? Who wouldn't want that gig?

Posted by: dognabbit | April 6, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

@37th,

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month in Virginia.

You could be the keynote speaker explaining how the republicans,
no, make that Republicans,
used to be the party of the North, then the democrats were really the party of the south,
no, make that the South,
and then the lynching, the KKK, and everything,
donchaknow.

And that's why blacks should vote Republican because we used to be on their side.

donchaknow.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This will help the Rs with the black vote too, I'm sure:

he Washington Post reports today that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation that “quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, bringing back a designation in Virginia that his two Democratic predecessors — Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — refused to do.” According to the Lynchburg News and Advance, McDonnell’s proclamation “comes in advance of an upcoming anniversary — it was on April 17, 1861 that Virginia seceded from the union.” The proclamation makes no mention of slavery, but does call on Virginians “to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War, and to recognize how our history has led to our present“:

WHEREAS, April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America in a four year war between the states for independence that concluded at Appomattox Courthouse; and

The Post notes that “Republican governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore made similar proclamations. But in 2002, Warner broke with their action, calling such proclamations a ‘lightning rod’ that does not help bridge divisions between whites and blacks in Virginia.”

That annniversary is April 17 -- two days before the anniversary of the Timothy McVeigh bombing, when an open carry rally will be held in VA near DC.

Sounds like a good time for sane people to go on vacation.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe


There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.


Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."


If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.


There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.


THAT IS RACIST.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Someone wrote:
“But don't worry about who the racists align with today, worry about who they aligned with 140 years ago!! If the African American and Hispanic vote could only grasp the importance of this history, they wouldn't be casting such ridiculous votes today (vote Republican, we used to be on your side!)!”

You articulate the republican problem, they are living in the past. Nixon’s decision to use the southern strategy and Reagan’s willingness to use it as well doomed the republicans. It took 40 years but now the national republican party is in a death spiral.

Republicans may win some governors races like New Jersey and Virginia but look at the fiscal condition of the two states.
The governors are using typical tactics, cut social services and education.
At the state level politicians have adopted Reagan’s second strategy, attack and demonize education, teachers, schools and of course unions.
Nixon was smarter than that.

Posted by: knjincvc | April 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

kreuz_missile,

If you'd been around yesterday, you would have seen 37th channeling Martin Luther King. Like he's a brotha, right? He's really on this schtick that Democrats can't talk about blacks for some reason that is just too twisted to even remember. Only Republicans can talk about blacks because, oh yeah, now I remember, "listenup, n*ggahs, vote Republican, we used to be on your side". I love that as a bumper sticker!!!!!!!!

Bwahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Because they embraced the "southern stragtegy," based on appealing to latent racism.

But don't worry about who the racists align with today, worry about who they aligned with 140 years ago!! If the African American and Hispanic vote could only grasp the importance of this history, they wouldn't be casting such ridiculous votes today (vote Republican, we used to be on your side!)!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 4:09 PM
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Yeah, what a strategy! Listenup, n*ggahs, vote Republican, we used to be on your side.

On every bumper.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Because they embraced the "southern stragtegy," based on appealing to latent racism.

But don't worry about who the racists align with today, worry about who they aligned with 140 years ago!! If the African American and Hispanic vote could only grasp the importance of this history, they wouldn't be casting such ridiculous votes today (vote Republican, we used to be on your side!)!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It isn't just black Americans who turned out to vote for Obama.

According to the Pew survey, almost three-fourths (74%) of Latinos say they were more interested in last year's presidential election than in the 2004 election. Latino voters were more than twice as likely as voters in the general population to be first-time voters - 21% versus 8%. Among Latino voters ages 18-29, 47% were first-time voters.

Not only do Hispanics vote Democratic, even Hispanics who never voted before are turning out.

So, why do the Republicans have this problem? What are they doing wrong?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

37thand0, running away yet again claiming victory after having been completely humiliated. You'd think he'd get tired of it, but apparently not...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe


There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.


Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."


If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.


There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.


THAT IS RACIST.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

kreuz_missile


I proved you wrong time and time again in the past - I mean you just had a series of absolutely ridiculous and feeble-minded statements.


So, having a discussion with you is just a waste.

Your facts are all off - you are picking little facts - and ignoring the big ones.

All I can say is read your history.


Know what you are talking about before you start typing. That would help.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

12Bar

Why did you pick the 9500 contract? that would be a 15% DROP in the stock market
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I chose that contract because it is the most actively traded contract in that series. Weren't you the one who was claiming that thinly traded contracts could be easily manipulated?

Don't you think that a double dip recession would take the Dow Jones back down to test the prior lows. That would take it back down to the 6500 level, or a 40% decline. Or did you mean, an itty bitty recession?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


I know what the contract says - just because you have trouble understanding them, it doesnt mean other people do.


Are you going to be RACIST against Black Republicans again ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

12Bar

Why did you pick the 9500 contract? that would be a 15% DROP in the stock market

Right now intrade contracts are at 50-50 that there will be NO INCREASE OR DECREASE IN THE STOCK MARKET FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Which means 9 months of ZERO GROWTH OBAMA.


What point are you trying to make ?

Are you going to be RACIST against Black Republicans again ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

@kreuz_missile,

37th would have us believe that 96% of black Americans and 2/3 of Hispanic Americans are just plain CRAZY. Don't they know that it is actually the Republicans who are their party and care about their concerns? Not only are minorities confused, they've been confused for more than a hundred years.

Now, I wonder why that argument hasn't worked...

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

@37th,

You have to carefully read the title of the contract: Dow Jones to close ON or ABOVE 9500 on 31 Dec 2010.

What's your point again?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The problem - we're not living in the 1870's anymore. I don't care what people who called themselves 140 years ago believe then, I care where the parties stand today. the Southern Democrats became Dixiecrats, then "American Independents (Wallace 1968)," then finally Republicans. Meanwhile, Northern Republicans, the Party of Lincoln, all became Democrats. That's history that you cn learn something from. You accused 12BARCrawl of not looking at history prior to 1956, yet you seem to ignore all that has happend since then and around this time. Even when Republicans point to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and try to claim it because it had more support within the Republican caucus than the Democratic caucus, looking inside the numbers reveals, once again, that region was more important than party label with the Southern members of both parties overwhelmingly against and the North overwhelmingly in favor.

Maybe you're just anti-Southern?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of United States Air Force aircraft for Congressional Delegations (CODELs). According to the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol."
...and we're worried about a $1,900 RNC bar tab?

Posted by: mtpeaks | April 6, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


You mean there is a 21% chance that the dow will be UNDER 9500


The dow is at 10,900 now

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again - the administration-associated media trying to control how the opposing party runs its affairs. Can you suggest a replacement for Mr. Steele? John McCain - God bless him. The "tempest in a teapot" is just balderdash. Don't fall for it, America.

Posted by: treedbrent | April 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

12BB, McCain probably represents the high end of Hispanic support. Him and Bush, actually. They were the ones who were advocating treating immigrants like humans. I don't see anyone in the current crop doing that.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 3:05 PM
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You are right. Just as a matter of interest, in Arizona in 2008, McCain only got 41% of the Hispanic vote (Obama got 56%). http://pewhispanic.org/files/reports/98.pdf

Just wait until immigration reform starts and the Tea Parties whip themselves into an anti-hispanic frenzy. And we know they will.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Latino means a person who speak a language derivate from Latin, like French, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese etc, etc....

Posted by: jenarope | April 6, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Ron Steele is a pretty good example of the Republican mindset when it comes to management. Keep to the talking points, and then do really stupid stuff.

When Steele does the talking points schtick, it all sounds so incredibly fake. It's reminiscent of the Palin choice, as if having a woman on the ticket could bring back McCain from the dead. So they repeated it with Steele. Well, if the country wants a...um.."black" guy, we'll give them one.

Pretty weird stuff.

Still, a certain percentage of the country buys the "socialism" nonsense, and that says things about us as a nation that aren't exactly pretty.

But we already knew that.

Posted by: Adirondax | April 6, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

My report on another of 37th' predictions that the economy is CERTAIN to head back into recession.

Intrade contract: The US Economy will go into Recession during 2010? Probability: 13%.

Corollary contract: Dow Jones to close ON or ABOVE 9500 on 31 Dec 2010? Probability: 79%.

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Those who agree with 37th now have their choice of going long or short on either contract.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe


There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.


Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."


If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.


There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.


THAT IS RACIST.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe


There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.


Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."


If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.


There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.


THAT IS RACIST.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

kreuz_missile


You haven't been gone a year - you are just one of the same people who have been here all the time - posting under a different name .

I have no idea why you insist on pretending on being many people.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

12BB, McCain probably represents the high end of Hispanic support. Him and Bush, actually. They were the ones who were advocating treating immigrants like humans. I don't see anyone in the current crop doing that.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I can't recall any truly famous White Sox players either [unless Luis Aparicio played there]...they have anyone in the Hall of Fame?

Posted by: ULTRON5 | April 6, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I can't recall any truly famous White Sox players either [unless Luis Aparicio played there]...they have anyone in the Hall of Fame?

Posted by: ULTRON5 | April 6, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, the king of sleaze, held in utter contempt by his home state of Maryland. He's the one who paid tens of thousands of the Maryland Republican party's money to his sister, a medical doctor, for her supposed webdesign company's 'work' for him tho the company had already folded. Even his former running mate, Bob Ehrlich, was furious at this and said the money should have gone back into Republican coffers!

Steele's the one who said his stepfather was RFK's chauffeur--only to have his stepdad deny the claim publicly. He'd only worked for a limo company that once took RFK's entourage around.

Steele's the one who helped hire homeless Philadelphia men and bused them to Price George's county where they handed out fraudulent election flyers saying he and Ehrlich were DEMOCRATS and were endorsed by Democratic Party VIPs. They weren't and they lost! Maryland voters aren't stupid tho Steele and Ehrlich seems to think so. What a joke!

Steele's Senate platform was vacuous--'going to get everyone in a room together and solve the problem' as if a senator was an event planner as the Post so aptly pointed out. Anyone who looked at Steele's record in Maryland, would have known not to hire him. He's incapable of getting a real job that pays what he thinks he's worth or what he expects to be able to spend. Now he's got the Republican treasury at his fingertips.

Posted by: commonsense101 | April 6, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

kreuz wrote: the Democrats used to be the conservatives, and Republicans used to be the liberals. Between 1916 and 1960, they flipped. The party labels changed, but the locations and prevailing attitudes remained the same. Maybe why the KKK, and now the neo-nazis, skinheads, and other militia movements now support the republicans and African Americans and most other minorities support the Democrats?
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All of us know that the party labels flipped. I'll bet even 37th knows it. But it serves his agenda to pretend he doesn't understand history, and so, la-la, he thinks he's making an astute point. We all just ignore him. He's so stuck on stupid he doesn't even deserve a response.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

kreuz_missile


There is nothing wrong with that history


The democrats did all those things - they were practically ALL of the slaveholders.


The democrats were the ones who were raping the black slaves.


The democrats were aligned with the KKK - and protected the KKK from prosecution when then hung blacks from the trees.


There is nothing wrong with that history.

PRACTICALLY ALL THE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED BY DEMOCRATS.

But all you hear is the democrats calling the Republicans RACIST.


GET YOUR HISTORY RIGHT.

You should change your party.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Zouk, I grew up there... most of Chicago calls it "Kaminsky" Park. We'd think you were uppity if you said Comisky. My husband makes fun of the way I say "ca-ab." He always teases with that line from The Fugitive. A Chicago cop says "Tell me more about this one-armed ma-an." You have to push it out your nose and hold on to the A for awhile.

You should hear Chicagoans pronounce "Goethe" Street. It ain't pretty.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Weird, spend a year overseas, come back and the same idiots are stil here talking the same nonsense.

"You act like the world started in 1956. Prior to that time, the democratic party was aligned with the KKK. The KKK even controlled blocks of delegates at the democratic national conventions.

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 - which the Republicans passed - was REPEALED BY THE DEMOCRATS - And then the democrats started 90 years of state-sponsored terrorism against the black population - hanging many blacks from trees. Since that time, the democrats have seen fit to constantly call the Republicans RACIST - Republicans FREED the slaves which the democrats held and had beaten in the South. The Republicans passed the FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS ACT -but ALL YOU HEAR ABOUT IS WHEN THE DEMOCRATS PUT THE REPUBLICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BACK INTO PLACE."

The real problem with the argument here, you even somewhat admit it within the text - the Democrats used to be the party of the South and Republicans used to be the party of the North (see the first post-Reconstruction eleciton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1880). Democrats used to be the party of states' rights and Republicans used to be the party of federal supremacy (Platform of 1876: http://www.tedhayes.us/old-pages/THAC_Docs_1876_Rep_Party_Platform.htm, and note section 7- anti vouchers, and section 9 - socialists!). the Democrats used to be the conservatives, and Republicans used to be the liberals. Between 1916 and 1960, they flipped. The party labels changed, but the locations and prevailing attitudes remained the same. Maybe why the KKK, and now the neo-nazis, skinheads, and other militia movements now support the republicans and African Americans and most other minorities support the Democrats?

Back to the OT- Steele's time is done, he must ride this out past the election; even if Republicans pull off amazing results and even retake both houses, he still is not going to get anothe rterm as many wil lsay it was done in spite of him. He needs to find a way to step back and repair his image for something post-RNC chair, while trying not to do so at the expense of the Republican party.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 6, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, in real news, I am tired of laughing about Michael Steele every day,
the tragedy of he Iraq war continues to develop. Thanks Bush/Cheney voters, here comes the regional war.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 6, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

More from Pew Research:

Obama carried the Latino vote by sizeable margins in all states with large Latino populations. His biggest breakthrough came in Florida, where he won 57% of the Latino vote in a state where Latinos have historically supported Republican presidential candidates (President Bush carried 56% of the Latino vote in Florida in 2004). Obama’s margins were much larger in other states with big Latino populations. He carried 78% of the Latino vote in New Jersey, 76% in Nevada, and 74% in California.
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So, what is the problem here? Almost all black Americans now vote Democratic, and that didn't just start with Obama. Now, hispanics vote Democratic, and that didn't just start with Obama.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"The more Steele can promote the idea that he is a team player..."

So Steele should sit down with a good ol' boy like McDonnell and try to convince him that he too supports a positive memory of the Confederate States of America.

Naw, if I were Michael, I'd continue to avoid these crackers and stick to self- aggrandizement.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 6, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for staying on topic Zookie. You know it: the one token black in the repub party. You hired him as a stunt, now you can't fire him for not even being close to Obama's stature. I hope he stays for years to come. Repubs deserve it...

Posted by: md83 | April 6, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Why is Cillizza working so hard to support/reconstruct someone who is clearly unfit for the position he is in and never will be? You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Insisting on trying to con the public about someone's all-too-apparent real nature is just perpetuating foolishness--and makes everyone look like a fool who goes along with it. If someone is obviously out of his depth or in the wrong place, replace him or her with a better candidate. THAT might win the respect you yearn for.

Posted by: nickcw | April 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Not only have the R's lost the black vote, they don't do too well with Hispanics either. Once discussion about immigration reform gets started, anyone here want to predict whether the R's will gain Hispanic support?

"Hispanics voted for Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin by a margin of more than two-to-one in the 2008 presidential election, 67% versus 31%, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of exit polls from Edison Media Research as published by CNN. The Center's analysis also finds that 9% of the electorate was Latino, up from 8% in 2004."

http://pewhispanic.org/topics/?NewsTopicID=1


Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't you just love how concerned liberals are with the spending of private donations by the RNC. All this over 2000 bucks.


Of course they have no concern whatsoever about berry spending trillions of eveyones money taken at the point of a gun.

thousands, trillions, voluntary, coercive. Same thing.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

the befuddled Dear Reader is now being branded for life as a long winded know nothing fake. this will be his continuing legacy as he simply can't stop himself. He loves the sound of his own preaching too much. somehow he got the idea that he was really smart, despite a lack of any evidence.

After 17 minutes of blabbering on and on, he still never answered the ladies question. He never does.

the phony sox fan can't name one player. this is going to be a staple on the late night comedy circuit now.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe


There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.

Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."


If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.


There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.

THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.


THAT IS RACIST.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

you are a RACIST because you do not agree with me.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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Thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by: JakeD3 | April 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

typical republican:

"My ancestors, actually, weren't on the Mayflower. They sent the servants over first to get the cottage ready."

Haw haw haw haw haw! That's from the Facebook page of J. Roby Penn IV, the 29-year-old oil-and-gas heir who serves as the mid-Atlantic director of the RNC's Young Eagles program.

Also: "I believe in a purpose driven life... if life's purpose is backgammon and tennis."

And: "If you don't have an oil well, get one."

The Young Eagles, as you know, have helped throw the RNC into crisis after their trip to one of LA's top bondage-themed nightclubs. But given the man-of-leisure persona cultivated by Penn, maybe it's not so surprising that the group is used to being entertained in style."

on your dime, tools.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

12BARCrawl

You act like the world started in 1956. Prior to that time, the democratic party was aligned with the KKK.


The KKK even controlled blocks of delegates at the democratic national conventions.

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 - which the Republicans passed - was REPEALED BY THE DEMOCRATS -

And then the democrats started 90 years of state-sponsored terrorism against the black population - hanging many blacks from trees.

Since that time, the democrats have seen fit to constantly call the Republicans RACIST -

Republicans FREED the slaves which the democrats held and had beaten in the South.

The Republicans passed the FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS ACT -

but ALL YOU HEAR ABOUT IS WHEN THE DEMOCRATS PUT THE REPUBLICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BACK INTO PLACE.


You position is silly - it is wrong -


and you are a RACIST because you do not agree with me.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Option 1 Win Baby - No, I don't think so. The Tea Baggers are going to claim all the credit if the GOP has a successful election in 2010. If anything, they will be in a stronger position to demand Steele's resignation.

Posted by: maggots | April 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) is trailing in the latest Pennsylvania Senate poll. Public Policy Polling (D) has released its first survey of the race and found the Republican candidate, former Rep. Pat Toomey, beats both Specter and Specter's primary opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak (D), in a general election matchup. Toomey beats Specter by three, 46-43, and he beats Sestak by six, 42-36. Specter's job rating is troubling for an incumbent. He had a 34 percent approval rating and a 52 percent disapproval rating. President Barack Obama also has low approval ratings in the state, which could be helping Toomey.

going to be a blowout. Berry will do to the libs what he did for the Nationals yesterday.

the berry administration pitches - Hi (spending and taxing) and left (everything else).

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJihJBePcs&feature=player_embedded

Ooooopps. First Klingon lets slip Baracks's "home country".

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"One of the more striking features of the contemporary conservative movement is the extent to which it has been moving toward epistemic closure. Reality is defined by a multimedia array of interconnected and cross promoting conservative blogs, radio programs, magazines, and of course, Fox News.

Whatever conflicts with that reality can be dismissed out of hand because it comes from the liberal media, and is therefore ipso facto not to be trusted. (How do you know they’re liberal? Well, they disagree with the conservative media!)

This epistemic closure can be a source of solidarity and energy, but it also renders the conservative media ecosystem fragile. Think of the complete panic China’s rulers feel about any breaks in their Internet firewall: The more successfully external sources of information have been excluded to date, the more unpredictable the effects of a breach become.

Internal criticism is then especially problematic, because it threatens the hermetic seal. It’s not just that any particular criticism might have to be taken seriously coming from a fellow conservative.

Rather, it’s that anything that breaks down the tacit equivalence between “critic of conservatives and “wicked liberal smear artist” undermines the effectiveness of the entire information filter."

http://www.juliansanchez.com/2010/03/26/frum-cocktail-parties-and-the-threat-of-doubt/

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe

There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.


Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."

If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.

There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.

THAT IS RACIST.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Frank Gaffney — who ran US nuclear policy under Ronald Reagan — summarizes the Obama policy on nuclear weapons.

Most Americans will be horrified that President Obama is compromising our deterrent to chemical and biological attacks on this country. Our allies will also be troubled by his aspiration to eliminate U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Foes and friends alike will be bemused by his assertion that such steps will, as the Times paraphrased it, "create incentives for countries to give up any nuclear ambitions." In fact, none — not one — of the other nuclear states or the obvious wannabes has evinced any interest in abandoning such "ambitions."
I believe that the most alarming aspect of the Obama denuclearization program, however, is its explicit renunciation of new U.S. nuclear weapons — an outcome that required the president to overrule his own defense secretary. Even if there were no new START treaty, no further movement on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and no new wooly-headed declaratory policies, the mere fact that the United States will fail to reverse the steady obsolescence of its deterrent — and the atrophying of the skilled workforce needed to sustain it — will ineluctably achieve what is transparently President Obama's ultimate goal: a world without American nuclear weapons.
Our national security is now in the hands of Marxists and hippies who believe the USSR should have won the Cold War. Also from now on, our ability to use nuclear weapons will be subject to getting permission from the United Nations. Under the Obama doctrine, the US "will pledge to refrain from using nuclear weapons to attack any country in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) -- even if that country has attacked the US with chemical or biological weapons."

As William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection observes:


Who will decide whether a country is "in compliance" with the NPT? Normally investigation and fact finding is done by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which acts under the auspices of the U.N.

Newsweek, naturally, is pleased at the president's effort to disarm the United States in a dangerous world


OK, this time we really surrender. In case you weren't convinced before.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

African Americans voting Republican 39% in 1956 and 4% in 2008:

All the 23 African Americans who served in Congress before 1900 were Republicans. But since the civil-rights era, there have been only three African-American Republicans elected to Congress—Massachusetts' Ed Brooke, Connecticut's Gary Franks, and Oklahoma's JC Watts—while there have been 93 Democrats. In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower won 39 percent of the African-American vote. By 1980, only 10 percent voted for Reagan; against Barack Obama, John McCain was only able to win 4 percent of the black vote.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Chairman Zero donned a Chicago White Sox cap before throwing out the first baseball at the Washington Nationals game... a girlish pitch that went about 25 feet over the catcher's head and went far to the left... and professed himself a lifelong Sox fan.

When asked by a reporter to name his favorite White Sox player, PBO drew a complete blank.

Dibble: "Having played with the White Sox for a short time, I know how the Cubs fans and White Sox fans go back and forth. Who was one of your favorite White Sox players growing up?"
Obama: "You know uh ..... I ... I thought that ... uh .... you know ... the truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh ... I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh .... I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A's fan."
So, his professed love of the White Sox turns out to be phony lip service... just like his professed respect for the free market system.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

No 12Bar, as has been thoroughly documented, the damage is permanent.

Coburn [R-Okla] says more:

At the end of the town hall, Coburn implored the audience to stay “informed on the issues.” “Don’t just watch Fox News." He then seemed to refer back to the woman who asked about health care reform putting people in jail, saying that he was “disturbed that we get things like this lady said and others have said on other issues that are so disconnected to what” he knows “to be the facts.” “That comes from somebody who has an agenda that’s other than the best interest of our country,” said Coburn. “So, please balance and be careful as you take in. Make sure you get a balance.” Listen here:


On Sunday, former Bush speechwriter David Frum said that Fox "has an interest in pushing the Republicans to the margins, making people angry."


Repubicans are finally beginning to realize that Fox and Limbaugh and Beck 'have an agenda that’s other than the best interest of our country' -- and that is to lie to them and get them angry.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Few combinations are more poisonous than race and politics. That combination has torn whole nations apart and led to the slaughters of millions in countries around the world.

You might think we would have learned a lesson from that and stayed away from injecting race into political issues. Yet playing the race card has become an increasingly common response to growing public anger at the policies of the Obama administration and the way those policies have been imposed.When a few African-American Democrats walked into the Capitol the weekend of the vote, they passed through a crowd of citizens expressing their anger. According to some Democrats, these expressions of anger included racial slurs.

This is a serious charge — and one deserving of some serious evidence. But, despite all the media recording devices on the scene, not to mention recording devices among the crowd gathered there, nobody can come up with a single recorded sound to back up that incendiary charge. Worse yet, some people have claimed that even doubting the charge suggests that you are a racist.
However soothing the Obama rhetoric, and however lofty his statements about being a uniter rather than a divider — both racially and in terms of bipartisanship — everything in his past fairly shouts the opposite, but only to those who follow facts.

Has he been allied with uniters or dividers in the past? Do Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, and Father Pfleger sound like uniters?

What has his administration done — as distinguished from what the president has said — since taking office?

It has dropped the prosecution of black thugs caught on camera stationed outside a polling place intimidating voters.


Obama has promoted to the Supreme Court a circuit judge who dismissed a discrimination lawsuit by white firefighters, whose case the Supreme Court later accepted and decided in their favor.

He preceded this appointment by talking about needing people on the court with “empathy.” That is a pretty word, but the ugly reality is that it is just another euphemism for bias. For generations, white Southern judges had all kinds of empathy for other white Southerners, which is to say, bias against blacks.
The question is whether you want equal treatment or you want payback. Cycles of revenge and counter-revenge have been at the heart of racial and ethnic strife throughout history, in countries around the world. It is a history written in blood. It is history we don’t need to repeat in the United States of America.
We know — or should know — what lies at the end of the road of racial polarization. A “race card” is not something to play, because race is a very dangerous political plaything.

— Thomas Sowell

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

In many ways, Watts is like Steele. Neither of them really advocated a change in policy, but both were proponents of stylistic changes to try and attract black voters. They both understand that it is really tough to win without some minority votes. However, neither is willing to make anything more than cosmetic changes to the philosophy of the party.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 1:50 PM
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That's what I was thinking--how Steele's difficulties reminded me of JC Watts (to some degree). I had to do some research on why Watts left Congress. I remembered him as immensely popular and very conservative. It's pretty bad when the R's drive out their own guy. I'm not saying it was racism that drove him out, but clearly Watts didn't feel appreciated.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

R Tom Coburn says something refreshingly honest:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) regularly appears on Fox News. But at a recent town hall meeting, he accurately criticized the network for pushing misinformation about health care reform. When an audience member said that she believed the false claim that the new health care reform law meant that the IRS “can put us in prison” for not having health insurance, Coburn cut her off, saying that despite what they may have heard on Fox News, “the intention is not to put anybody in jail”:


Indeed, Fox News has repeatedly aired the misleading assertion that people could go to jail for not having health insurance.

Later in the town hall, when Coburn described his disagreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), whom he called “a nice lady,” over funding for extending unemployment benefits, the crowd booed Pelosi’s name. Coburn then lectured the audience to not be “biased by Fox News” into thinking that people they disagree with are bad people:

COBURN: Come on now. She is a nice. How many of y’all have met her? She is a nice person. She’s a nice person. You know, let me give you a little lesson here. I hope you will listen to me. Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t mean that they’re not a good person."

That was very decent of him.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

37th wrote THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR SKIN COLOR.
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Breathe into a paper bag...this too will pass.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Steele is not doing this to sell his current book, he is doing this to sell the next one...the expose', the tell all.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

37th, no one will ever take you seriously because you have admitted that you have a family of rats nesting where your brain once was after the time you drank rat soup and the rat burrowed into your brain and gave birth to her baby rats. That is why you are such a dumb f*ck.

12BB, I was surprised that Parks urged him to stay on.

In many ways, Watts is like Steele. Neither of them really advocated a change in policy, but both were proponents of stylistic changes to try and attract black voters. They both understand that it is really tough to win without some minority votes. However, neither is willing to make anything more than cosmetic changes to the philosophy of the party.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe

There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.


Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."

If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.

There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.

THAT IS RACIST.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh look what else the RNC had on the calendar for Young Eagles, after the l*sbian bondage bar:

"Young Eagles donors were scheduled to gather for a North Carolina retreat on April 22, 2010 at a paramilitary training facility run by Xe Services, the controversial military contractor previously known as Blackwater, which has been dogged with allegations of civilian killings, and other abuses in U.S. war zones.[3] "Young Eagles" members were also invited to a "professional bull riding event, and a no-holds-barred Ultimate Fighting Championship fight in Las Vegas."

Sounds like young republican males have some serious masculinity issues -- and some serious interest in S&M. No wonder Limbaugh's biggest advertisers are impot*nce 'remedies.'

This is no longer a party, it's a psychosis.

Steele has them by the b*alls, though. He has no political future but he does know stuff, he knows where those bodies are buried and they can't let him go or he will squeal bigtime.


Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

No one can say the Republicans are not trying:

"Republicans have recruited their biggest roster of African-American candidates ever. John Avlon on how the GOP hopes to use this group of 32 to help close their diversity deficit.

There are 32 African-American Republicans running for Congress in the first midterm elections of the Obama administration. That is more than the entire number of black Republicans who have served in Congress in U.S. history...

All the 23 African Americans who served in Congress before 1900 were Republicans. But since the civil-rights era, there have been only three African-American Republicans elected to Congress—Massachusetts' Ed Brooke, Connecticut's Gary Franks, and Oklahoma's JC Watts—while there have been 93 Democrats. In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower won 39 percent of the African-American vote. By 1980, only 10 percent voted for Reagan; against Barack Obama, John McCain was only able to win 4 percent of the black vote."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-03-18/the-gops-new-race-card/

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Whatever helps the conservatives sleep at night

Posted by: bogardp | April 6, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, 12BarCrawl, broadwayjoe

There is NOTHING MORE RACIST than a democrat talking about a BLACK REPUBLICAN.


Think about it for a moment - democrats have the attitude that "BLACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINION, THEY ALL HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS."

If a black person does not agree with a democrat, there is HATE.


The democrats have the attitude that A black person DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS.

There is nothing MORE RACIST THAN A DEMOCRAT TALKING ABOUT A BLACK REPUBLICAN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE COLOR OF A BLACK'S SKIN SHOULD DETERMINE THEIR SKIN COLOR.

THAT IS RACIST.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


your comment at 1:33 is OFFENSIVE -

You have NO RACISM TO POINT TO.

You really don't - WHAT you have is one-hundred years OF HISTORY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEING RACIST.

Then all the democrats do is scream RACIST at the other party.

This silliness has to stop - EVERYONE CAN SEE THROUGH IT.


Do we have to go through this every time Obama is down in the polls, you idiots are going to start screaming RACIST in every blog and every forum you can find ????

The democrats are NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE A BLACK PRESIDENT.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

@ddawd,

J C Watts was a "textbook conservative". He favored the death penalty, school prayer, a balanced budget amendment and welfare reform. He also opposed abortion and cuts in defense spending.

And, yet, the Republicans drove their own guy out of office. "Prominent Representatives of both parties implored him to stay, recognizing that his unique position brought diversity to the House. “I hate to see him go,” noted CBC Member James Clyburn of South Carolina, a prominent Democrat. “J. C. is someone who really has been quietly and forcefully doing a lot of good.”48 Civil rights leader Rosa Parks, who, in 1955, famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, wrote to Watts. “If you can,” Parks implored him, “please remain as a pioneer on the Republicans’ side until others come to assist you. I am glad that I stayed in my seat.” (same source)

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Steele just wants to sell copies of his book and do as many paid speaking engagements as he can.
all this controversy is just gonna sell more books, so its all gravy to him.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Despite the wishful thinking of the far left Democrap Socialists on C.C.'s Fix, Michael Steele will be in charge of the RNC when Comrade Obama and the Democrap Socialist's will get their clocks cleaned come November.
* By November the economy and the unemployment rate will be no better, and will probably be even worse.
* Our foreign affairs will be in shambles because of Comrade Obama's ineptness and incompetence.
* The American people will have come to realize that Comrade Obama is a Socialist/Communist, and is leading America down the road to a government--uber--alles George Orwell--like "1984" one that they don't want no part of.
* The American people will have come to realize ever more that Comrade Obama hasn't changed his racist white--hating and America--hating views. He's been a racist white--hater and America--hater for all of his adult life, and is still one today.
* Despite the Democrap Socialist Party--controlled Main Stream Media's propaganda campaign to try to marginalize the Tea Party members as fringe--crazies, racists, and violence-prone yahoos, what they've actually proved is the opposite. Practically all the vile, hatefull, racist, and violence that has ever been done to date has always been done by the left-wing liberal Democrap Socialists. The Tea Party members are in fact just average working American family-types who don't like the way our government is being run, and the change to Socialism, facism, and Communism that the Obama administration and the Democrap Socialists are trying to force on us.

Posted by: armpeg | April 6, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

12BB, Watts is going to be in New Orleans this weekend for that Republican Leadership thingie. I still laugh when I see the website for the event. It features heavy hitting black Republicans such as JC Watts and Herman Cain! Who knew the party was so diverse!

http://www.srlc2010.com/

It's pretty ridiculous. If Republicans want more blacks, then just stop the racism. Black voters are way more savvy than to just think "ooh, this webpage has a bunch of black Republicans. Let me switch parties!"

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Why would the Republicans want to get rid of him? He is the perfect face for the party. He is arrogant, self interested,and mostly irrational.

Posted by: chalkranger | April 6, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Story of the last high profile black Republican and his treatment by his own party:

In 1995, the Republican party was proud of J. C. Watts, newly elected black Republican Rep. from Oklahoma. He had star power when he took the oath of office as a Member of the first Republican majority in 40 years. He was one of the two black Republicans in Congress.

Watts was the first African American to join the Republican leadership and was subsequently re-elected to the position for the 107th Congress (2001–2003)... Representative Watts’s ability to draw national attention earned him a reputation as the GOP’s “Great Black Hope.” In 1996, the Republican Party tapped him to deliver the GOP response to President Clinton’s State of the Union Address...Watts was rumored as a possible vice presidential candidate in 1996, serving as co-chairman for GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole.

Despite his elevated post, Watts often felt alienated by GOP decision makers. He also found himself at odds with powerful Republican Whip Tom DeLay of Texas.

Watts also felt ignored by Republican President George W. Bush’s administration. In 2002, the Pentagon considered eliminating funding for an $11 billion weapons system that would be partially assembled in Watts’s district in Elgin, Oklahoma. Watts later claimed that President Bush refused to return his phone calls after targeting the project for spending cuts. When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced the program’s demise on May 8, Watts was only given two hours’ notice from the Pentagon. An early and avid supporter of the Bush administration, Watts was furious. When the President addressed the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill the next week, Watts was conspicuously absent.

In 2003, Mr. Watts declined to run for reelection.

http://baic.house.gov/member-profiles/profile.html?intID=50

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 6, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Why would the Republicans want to get rid of him? He is the perfect face for the party. He is arrogant, self interested,and mostly irrational.

Posted by: chalkranger | April 6, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Late last year, Democrats partied it up at D.C.'s 'Josephine', when they dropped $5,850. The nightclub comes complete with two stripper poles and, according to one reviewer, a "skimpily clothed go-go dancer to feast your eyes on."


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It seems Libs like porn and spending your money on it three times as much as repubs.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, with the Death Panel, " Socialism " flat earth crowd, they can't remember what they had for breakfast, let alone the Webster's definition of Uncle Tom. Useful idiots cannot be expected to be anything but.

Posted by: waters1 | April 6, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The prospect of losing two House seats in back-to-back special elections next month has sparked a vigorous, behind-the-scenes Democratic effort, designed to avoid an outcome that could lead to panic among the rank and file and stall the momentum generated by the recent passage of landmark health care legislation.


The trajectories of the two elections, which will take place in Pennsylvania and Hawaii over a span of four days next month, have raised alarm bells among top party officials who fear that a pair of defeats in the Democratic-held seats could amount to a Massachusetts Senate sequel, overshadowing President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan and reinforcing a narrative that the Democratic Party is on track for severe losses in November.


Liberal bumblers at it again.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

You have to give Democrats this much — they are no more wasteful with our money than they are with their own. Similarly, slippery RINO David Frum doesn't just stab conservatives in the back; he has also knifed the moonbats he usually enables by reporting on the DNC's wasteful expenditures:
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Late last year, Democrats partied it up at D.C.'s 'Josephine', when they dropped $5,850. The nightclub comes complete with two stripper poles and, according to one reviewer, a "skimpily clothed go-go dancer to feast your eyes on."

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In just the first two months of this year, the DNC spent half a million dollars on catering, parties, lodging and limos. This includes a staggering $278,478.12 on Hilton hotels; $143,286 on catering from Susan Gage Caterers and Avalon Caterers; $36,956 on lodging at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.; an $11,154 event at the Kennedy Center; and about $1,500 in limo services.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent $14,098 on car service last year. Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $48,270.25 on charter flights and limousines. Democrats even spent $36,874.39 to bring in Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck three times last year.
Put perhaps the most questionable expense was the DNC's use of the trappings of the White House for partisan purposes: $232,436.81 spent on White House helicopters and White House In-flight Services since August of last year. The DNC's White House helicopter expenditures have been unexamined until now because, unlike the RNC, the DNC files some of their travel expenses under a different Federal Elections Commission ID than their other expenses.

What about Michael Steele, some might ask. But Republicans will eventually get rid of the hapless Steele, special skin color notwithstanding. With Democrats, reckless extravagance with the money entrusted to them is a defining feature.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Seems the White Sox fan can't name a White Sock (and refers to the well known former Chicago landmark Comiskey part as "Cominsky" park). This is typical of Obama, who when not lecturing, is micro-managed to avoid conversation. When off-script, with real people, he isn't the One, enlightening the masses, he's a misinformed phony. The media, unfortunately, won't tell it like it is.

And the president still looks really bad tossing out the first pitch at the National's opening day game against the Phillies.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone really believe electing Steele chairman of the RNC would tempt Afro-Americans to leave the party of welfare for the party of "our only platform is ending abortions"? Never before has American politics been so lacking in rational thought, care for the people or patriotism. All that matters is reelection and power.

Posted by: eldergent | April 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

*Fund-raising ability.
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Yes, Steele has proven that he can raise lots of money. But see how Steele has also proven he knows how to squander money.

The RNC raised a record amount of cash over the last year, but now has less on hand than when that year started.

That's the real news -- not just the raw income figure, but the net take. Steele's committee is profligate -- and that's a real and present danger to the success of the Republican Party.

Steele could, as you suggest, keep his mouth closed, make nice with the brahmins and 'win' some bi-elections that are indicative of nothing.

You've ignored the real problem -- the spending.

If the spending continues, and the kitty is empty this summer, all that kissy-face and 'message discipline' won't count for spit.

And, who really cares -- even if Steele was to become the best chairman in the history of the party -- the best, THE BEST, the Republicans can hope for at the end of this year is to win a few seats to add to their minority.

Under the worst case scenario for the Democrats they hold thinning majorities in the House and Senate. And then they will go into 2012 with a revived economy that has to inevitably bounce back.

The story isn't how thin the ice is under Steele. The story is about how the Steele crisis is actually a crisis atop a crisis atop a crisis for the Republicans.

Steele could do as you say, and Republicans will likely enjoy minority status in at least one chamber of the U.S. Congress for the next decade.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | April 6, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Is this Comedy Central or the Washington Post?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | April 6, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Take Michael Steele -- please.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

He ran for Maryland Senate, not governor. And I think he ran a pretty good campaign. Obviously not going to win in one of the bluest states in a really anti-Republican year, but his 10 point loss was about as good as you could hope for.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The RNC offered to trade Steele to the DNC for Biden and a judicial nominee to be named later.

Posted by: JakeD3 | April 6, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

How can it be that over half the comments in this string don't have ANYTHING to do with Michael Steele or the RNC. That IS the subject of the article, if you bother to read it. Obviously many of those with HardObamaOns are not up to the multi-tasking required to read and think at the same time. Michael Steele is perfectly representative of the Republican Party. He's the token in the white bread. The Republicans only wanted Steele's face on their label, not his brand of "Republicanism" in public. They got what they asked for. Didn't they see him run for Governor in Md? Same s#@t, different day.

Posted by: wleldred1 | April 6, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

How can it be that over half the comments in this string don't have ANYTHING to do with Michael Steele or the RNC. That IS the subject of the article, if you bother to read it. Obviously many of those with HardObamaOns are not up to the multi-tasking required to read and think at the same time. Michael Steele is perfectly representative of the Republican Party. He's the token in the white bread. The Republicans only wanted Steele's face on their label, not his brand of "Republicanism" in public. They got what they asked for. Didn't they see him run for Governor in Md? Same s#@t, different day.

Posted by: wleldred1 | April 6, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

How can it be that over half the comments in this string don't have ANYTHING to do with Michael Steele or the RNC. That IS the subject of the article, if you bother to read it. Obviously many of those with HardObamaOns are not up to the multi-tasking required to read and think at the same time. Michael Steele is perfectly representative of the Republican Party. He's the token in the white bread. The Republicans only wanted Steele's face on their label, not his brand of "Republicanism" in public. They got what they asked for. Didn't they see him run for Governor in Md? Same s#@t, different day.

Posted by: wleldred1 | April 6, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Is this Comedy Central or the Washington Post?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | April 6, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh look what else the RNC had on the calendar for Young Eagles, after the l*sbian bondage bar:

"Young Eagles donors were scheduled to gather for a North Carolina retreat on April 22, 2010 at a paramilitary training facility run by Xe Services, the controversial military contractor previously known as Blackwater, which has been dogged with allegations of civilian killings, and other abuses in U.S. war zones.[3] "Young Eagles" members were also invited to a "professional bull riding event, and a no-holds-barred Ultimate Fighting Championship fight in Las Vegas."

Sounds like young republican males have some serious masculinity issues -- and some serious interest in S&M. No wonder Limbaugh's biggest advertisers are impot*nce 'remedies.'

This is no longer a party, it's an entry in the psychiatric journals.


Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse


It was hilarious that Obama was sooooo desperate to be "IN YOUR FACE" with the White Sox hat - which he kept hidden until he went onto the field.


Then he couldn't name any players.


Obama should have called Ozzie and gotten some talking points.


Everyone is looking at Obama, just saying to themselves how out-of-place he is.

Obama doesn't belong on the baseball field - IT IS OBVIOUS OBAMA IS NOT AN AMERICAN.

Posted by: 37thandKKKstreet
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Hey moron, you meant to post over at Millbank's equally-worthless puff piece. THIS story is about the Chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele, who is about as bright as you are.

So, because Obama doesn't have a great pitching arm, he's not American?

Right, so what about all those great baseball players in the Dominican Republic and Cuba?


Idiot.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | April 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Steele is writing his memoir,

How The [Racist] Republican Party Set Me Up To Fail, by Michael Steele.

It is going to end ugly and that is for sure.
And that is why they don't want to spray any water on the grease fire. Already, the flames are spreading from the dumpster.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 6, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh look! The Post's favorite intern, Chris Cillizza, has written another puff piece instead of taking a stab at writing about real issues!

It's so much easier to spout off with your own opinion than researching and reporting on a serious issue, eh Mr. YouTube?

All that's going on here is that the GOP can't fire Steele right now because it would be bad public relations, and it would highlight them as what they are: the Party of Rich Racist Old White Guys in the Pocket of Big Business.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | April 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It was hilarious that Obama was sooooo desperate to be "IN YOUR FACE" with the White Sox hat - which he kept hidden until he went onto the field.

Then he couldn't name any players.

Obama should have called Ozzie and gotten some talking points.

Everyone is looking at Obama, just saying to themselves how out-of-place he is.


Obama doesn't belong on the baseball field - IT IS OBVIOUS OBAMA IS NOT AN AMERICAN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

So instead of concentrating on getting Republicans elected in November, Steele will be putting all his energy into saving his job. Excellent!

Posted by: Lefty_ | April 6, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Only in the WaPo delusional world of this self-perpetauting non-story is a comeback needed.

Posted by: Peterjdennis | April 6, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is giving a statement on nuclear arms - she used the word "transformational."

Clearly this is a canned speech from the White House.

The problem is EVERYTHING Obama does we hear that it is the "greatest thing in history." It is "transformational." EVERYTHING is so much better than anything anyone has ever done, ever.


Is this ego run wild or what ?

It seems like every policy is TAINTED BY EGO. And it calls into question the QUALITY OF EVERY POLICY COMING OUT OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

Is every policy really better or is it simply the product of OBAMA'S EGO AND THEREFOR FLAWED.

If Obama is doing something just to be different, that doesn't necessarily mean that the new policy is better - actually just the opposite is true - the previous policies were probably MUCH BETTER THOUGHT OUT DECADES BEFORE.


Obama is CONSTANTLY telling us how much BETTER he is doing EVERYTHING.

That is not the case.

Instead the American People are getting DEEPLY FLAWED POLICIES WHICH ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE UNDONE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

So instead of concentrating on getting Republicans elected in November, Steele will be putting all his energy into saving his job. Excellent!

Posted by: Lefty_ | April 6, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Berry's opening day pitch was the perfect metaphor for his administration.

the pitch was weak and way off to the left. It missed the strike zone (the middle) by a mile. the team lost 11-1 in a blow out. berry wore loafers and couldn't name a single player on his favorite team. this despite practicing all week to appear as if he wasn't the weakest pitcher ever to "grace" the mound, putting off important foreign policy deadlines in the meantime.

He wore a jacket from one team, a hat from another and when asked, stated a preference for a third.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

How can the RNC "come back," when they won't go away? The decline and fall of the once noble and significant Republican Party will continue until they are deposited on the trash heap of history like the Whigs before them.

As long as the GOP standard-bearers include such second-rate intellects and moral midgets as Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Jindal, Steele, McCain and Pawlenty the Republicans will never be able to stage a "come back."

Posted by: dee5 | April 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke, isn't it?

Posted by: mtravali | April 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Who wants Steele to change? Certainly not the DNC! The 'pubs have shown how much they love him otherwise he would have been gone long ago. I think they're fearing if they get rid of him he'll suddenly pull the race card and start making real trouble.

Posted by: blarsen1 | April 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Steele might be chair of the RNC for a long time. They can't fire him because that would validate the perception that they're the party of wealthy old white men. And they can't really accept his resignation because that might be perceived as "They let him resign so they wouldn't have to fire him." And that would validate the perception that they're the party of wealthy old white men.

Maybe they are the party of wealthy old white men and people are figuring out what wealthy old white men do.

Posted by: jlhare1 | April 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is giving a statement on nuclear arms - she used the word "transformational."

Clearly this is a canned speech from the White House.

The problem is EVERYTHING Obama does we hear that it is the "greatest thing in history." It is "transformational." EVERYTHING is so much better than anything anyone has ever done, ever.


Is this ego run wild or what ?

It seems like every policy is TAINTED BY EGO. And it calls into question the QUALITY OF EVERY POLICY COMING OUT OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

Is every policy really better or is it simply the product of OBAMA'S EGO AND THEREFOR FLAWED.

If Obama is doing something just to be different, that doesn't necessarily mean that the new policy is better - actually just the opposite is true - the previous policies were probably MUCH BETTER THOUGHT OUT DECADES BEFORE.


Obama is CONSTANTLY telling us how much BETTER he is doing EVERYTHING.

That is not the case.

Instead the American People are getting DEEPLY FLAWED POLICIES WHICH ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE UNDONE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

So instead of concentrating on getting Republicans elected in November, Steele will be putting all his energy into saving his job. Excellent!

Posted by: Lefty_ | April 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is giving a statement on nuclear arms - she used the word "transformational."

Clearly this is a canned speech from the White House.

The problem is EVERYTHING Obama does we hear that it is the "greatest thing in history." It is "transformational." EVERYTHING is so much better than anything anyone has ever done, ever.


Is this ego run wild or what ?

It seems like every policy is TAINTED BY EGO. And it calls into question the QUALITY OF EVERY POLICY COMING OUT OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

Is every policy really better or is it simply the product of OBAMA'S EGO AND THEREFOR FLAWED.

If Obama is doing something just to be different, that doesn't necessarily mean that the new policy is better - actually just the opposite is true - the previous policies were probably MUCH BETTER THOUGHT OUT DECADES BEFORE.


Obama is CONSTANTLY telling us how much BETTER he is doing EVERYTHING.

That is not the case.

Instead the American People are getting DEEPLY FLAWED POLICIES WHICH ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE UNDONE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about any of this ???


The American People do NOT want Obama's high taxes.

Obama just pushed through the LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Or, he could join another party. The one he is in ain't going anywhere. Gandhi could not keep a coalition of Birthers, Birchers, Biblers and Billionaires together.
The internal contradictions are massive and they are showing clearly.

Posted by: djah | April 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Berry's opening day pitch was the perfect metaphor for his administration.

the pitch was weak and way off to the left. It missed the strike zone (the middle) by a mile. the team lost 11-1 in a blow out. berry wore loafers and couldn't name a single player on his favorite team. this despite practicing all week to appear as if he wasn't the weakest pitcher ever to "grace" the mound, putting off important foreign policy deadlines in the meantime.

He wore a jacket from one team, a hat from another and when asked, stated a preference for a third.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Or, he could join another party. The one he is in ain't going anywhere. Gandhi could not keep a coalition of Birthers, Birchers, Biblers and Billionaires together.
The internal contradictions are massive and they are showing clearly.

Posted by: djah | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It's all about #1. Not even #2 would help if he doesn't accomplish #1. This isn't a business. Getting money isn't the ultimate goal. If Republicans get money and still don't perform in November, he is the most obvious scapegoat.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Berry's opening day pitch was the perfect metaphor for his administration.

the pitch was weak and way off to the left. It missed the strike zone (the middle) by a mile. the team lost 11-1 in a blow out. berry wore loafers and couldn't name a single player on his favorite team. this despite practicing all week to appear as if he wasn't the weakest pitcher ever to "grace" the mound, putting off important foreign policy deadlines in the meantime.

He wore a jacket from one team, a hat from another and when asked, stated a preference for a third.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Or, he could join another party. The one he is in ain't going anywhere. Gandhi could not keep a coalition of Birthers, Birchers, Biblers and Billionaires together.
The internal contradictions are massive and they are showing clearly.

Posted by: djah | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

For Republicans to 'come back' it would take a complete enema of their current hate-filled, delusional, anti-intellectual, overly-religious, pro-business, anti-middle class, partisan, lying system. These guys have deviated so incredibly much from the GOP I grew up with that they're no longer recognizable or credible.

Posted by: rurik | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It's all about #1. Not even #2 would help if he doesn't accomplish #1. This isn't a business. Getting money isn't the ultimate goal. If Republicans get money and still don't perform in November, he is the most obvious scapegoat.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Steele is not alone when it comes to gaffes... V.P. Biden takes the cake--which is even scarier when you consider Biden is 2nd in line for president, for heaven's sake.
The fact that the current administration has lied, bribed, twisted arms to get their own party to vote for Obamacare is the BIG Story, however. Americans haven't
witnessed anything like this, where they've voiced their concerns and demonstrated that they're AGAINST Obamacare--only to have it Rammed down our throats by some very arrogant democrats.

Posted by: ohioan | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"Here's a look at how such a comeback could happen"

Ok. If he can do some or all of those things, he indeed might come back. But what is the plausibility of him achieving even one of those tasks? Thus far he's basically lived up to the characterizations made by his critics. I haven't seen any evidence that he has any interest in changing his behavior/style, much less the ability to do so.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sixth Way: the RNC HQ 2nd floor ladies' washroom, the one that looks out on the alley? The window has a broken latch. On Thursdays they park the dumpster right near that window. Steele is a tall guy. I think he could make it in.

But only on Thursdays. He might need an umbrella or a cane or a cahir or something.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sixth Way: the RNC HQ 2nd floor ladies' wash room, the one that looks out over the alley? The window has a broken latch. On Thursdays they park the dumpster near that window so it can be emptied. Steele is a tall guy, and I think he can make it.


But only on Thursdays. And he might need a chair or something.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about any of this ???


The American People do NOT want Obama's high taxes.

Obama just pushed through the LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sixth Way: the RNC HQ 2nd floor ladies' washroom, the one that looks out on the alley, has a window with a broken latch. On Thursdays the park the dumpster near that window. Steele's a tall guy. I think he could make it in.

But only on Thursdays.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Or, he could join another party. The one he is in ain't going anywhere. Gandhi could not keep a coalition of Birthers, Birchers, Biblers and Billionaires together.
The internal contradictions are massive and they are showing clearly.

Posted by: djah | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sixth Way: the RNC HQ 2nd floor ladies' washroom, the one that looks out on the alley, has a window with a broken latch. On Thursdays the park the dumpster near that window. Steele's a tall guy. I think he could make it in.

But only on Thursdays.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It's all about #1. Not even #2 would help if he doesn't accomplish #1. This isn't a business. Getting money isn't the ultimate goal. If Republicans get money and still don't perform in November, he is the most obvious scapegoat.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

For Republicans to 'come back' it would take a complete enema of their current hate-filled, delusional, anti-intellectual, overly-religious, pro-business, anti-middle class, partisan, lying system. These guys have deviated so incredibly much from the GOP I grew up with that they're no longer recognizable or credible.

Posted by: rurik | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about any of this ???


The American People do NOT want Obama's high taxes.

Obama just pushed through the LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"Here's a look at how such a comeback could happen"

Ok. If he can do some or all of those things, he indeed might come back. But what is the plausibility of him achieving even one of those tasks? Thus far he's basically lived up to the characterizations made by his critics. I haven't seen any evidence that he has any interest in changing his behavior/style, much less the ability to do so.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 6, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Here's a look at how such a comeback could happen"

Ok. If he can do some or all of those things, he indeed might come back. But what is the plausibility of him achieving even one of those tasks? Thus far he's basically lived up to the characterizations made by his critics. I haven't seen any evidence that he has any interest in changing his behavior/style, much less the ability to do so.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sixth Way: the RNC HQ 2nd floor ladies' washroom, the one that looks out on the alley, has a window with a broken latch. On Thursdays the park the dumpster near that window. Steele's a tall guy. I think he could make it in.

But only on Thursdays.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

For Republicans to 'come back' it would take a complete enema of their current hate-filled, delusional, anti-intellectual, overly-religious, pro-business, anti-middle class, partisan, lying system. These guys have deviated so incredibly much from the GOP I grew up with that they're no longer recognizable or credible.

Posted by: rurik | April 6, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

sixth way: the RNC HQ 2nd floor ladies' room window, the one that opens into the alley? It has a broken latch on it and on Thursdays the dumpster is parked near there for emptying. Steele's a tall guy... I think he could make it in.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

sixth way: the RNC HQ 2nd floor ladies' room window, the one that opens into the alley? It has a broken latch on it and on Thursdays the dumpster is parked near there for emptying. Steele's a tall guy... I think he could make it in.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 6, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

How about pointing out the utter failure of the affirmative action guy on the other side?

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 6, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Al Davis?
That is hilarious.
Al Davis' (micro)management of his Raiders has destroyed their ability to win.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 6, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"1. Just win, baby"

Wherein CC trots out his pompoms. This is just sad.

"Turn off the gaffe machine "

Except when it's funny.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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